A California school district has posted online a defense of its use of Planned Parenthood personnel for public school sex-education courses amid new allegations that one of the workers calls herself a “pleasure activist” and another leads demonstrations at a nearby “sex toy porn shop” called Good Vibrations.
The fracas developed a few weeks ago when it was reported that 13- and 14-year-old students at Acalanes High School were given a Planned Parenthood class in which “The Genderbread Person” was used to explain they could choose what sex they wanted to be.
A few of the lessons included students being taught that their gender was not necessarily fixed, a checklist was introduced to show students how to prepare for sex and they were taught to obtain “clear consent” by asking questions such as, “Is it OK if I take off my pants?”
“For months, parents have pushed school officials for answers about who was involved and what was being taught by Planned Parenthood on campus,” Pacific Justice reported. “Just before Christmas, in response to a public records request from Pacific Justice Institute, the district finally identified some of the PP employees involved with the program.
“Parents are now more concerned than ever.”
The organization reported parents learned “that one of the sex-ed instructors at Acalanes High School, when she is not working for Planned Parenthood, leads ‘pleasure workshops’ demonstrating the use of sex toys for a sex toy porn shop in Berkeley called Good Vibrations.”
“It is not yet clear what this instructor may have told students about the store’s offerings,” Pacific Justice reported.
And another “sex-ed instructor” has been identified as the Planned Parenthood education manager in the region, “where she calls herself a ‘pleasure activist,'” the organization said.
“She commented enthusiastically on attending the CatalystCon pornography conference for her continuing education along with other Planned Parenthood representatives, just prior to teaching at AHS this past fall. This event attracts leading members of the porn industry and focuses on topics like using explicit instructional media for sex ed, the history of sex toys and how to effectively share your sex life on the stage and on the page,” Pacific Justice said.
“Two schools within our district are using highly trained educators from Planned Parenthood this year to assist in the delivery of sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention education under the direct supervision of the credentialed classroom teacher and within the requirements and parameters of the Education Code,” the school said.
The statement continues to explain that the instruction is “age appropriate,” and “the value of abstinence is emphasized.”
“No surveys are administered and data is not collected from the students. Parents are given prior notification of the presentation, the topics to be covered, and informed that a Planned Parenthood educator will be presenting to the students. Parents are able to opt their students out from the instruction.”
The district sent a letter to Pacific Justice earlier this month explaining a diagram of the “Genderbread Person” and “coaching students in asking each other if it’s OK to take their clothes off” is “age appropriate.”
The district admitted it does not do background checks on the outside “educators.”
“It has become clear that Acalanes officials have breached parental trust at every turn,” said Pacific Justice President Brad Dacus. “They have brought individuals into the classroom who should not be anywhere near a school campus, and they continue to defend an indefensible program.
“In light of these most recent revelations, we are renewing our call to the district to suspend its relationship with Planned Parenthood and make sweeping changes to comply with the letter and spirit of state law. We are also calling on responsible journalists to join us in asking tough questions and holding the district accountable for these serious lapses in judgment.”